It was good to see all of our friends and associates who visited Samtec at OFC 2022. Primarily for data center and telecom professionals, OFC showcases solutions in network equipment and software, active and passive components, test and manufacturing equipment, data center/IT products, cable, and fiber.
In this video from OFC 2022, Samtec’s Kevin Burt discusses Samtec rugged optical transceivers, from the popular FireFly™ optical cable system to new VCSEL-based multi-mode cables.
OFC reflects the fact that data centers and HPCs drive most of the volume for optical modules. Of course, these are controlled environments with environmentally friendly applications with low humidity, controlled temperatures, and no exposure to contaminants or corrosive chemicals.
Samtec’s popular FireFly optical engines are widely used in these types of applications because of their high density, small size, and low power consumption. But, Samtec also has rugged, high-temperature designs that are in military, aerospace, and industrial applications where the operating conditions are more severe.
The Samtec ETMO is a FireFly-based optical engine that is available in different configurations optimized for different applications from high shock and vibration, to full immersion, to salt/fog and is capable of passing MIL-STD-810, Method 509.7, which is one of the most severe specifications for salt fog environments.
Samtec also offers an ultra-rugged optical engine, with the same optical connectivity, for military and space applications. These VCSEL-based, multi-mode cables are CSPs and have the same high-performance optical and electrical specifications in a similarly small package.
These are also capable of surviving harsh environments but are also optimized for space applications with components capable of error-free operation even when exposed to high radiation.
The video above shows a demonstration at OFC 2022. We see a FireFly optical engine, a FireFly copper cable (which is footprint compatible with the optical FireFly) and a CSP module under constant exposure to fog.
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If you have questions, please contact us at FireFly@samtec.com.